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Lettuce and split pea soup

  • 2 leeks
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 450g (1 lb) green split peas
  • 2 large onions
  • the outside leaves of 1 cos lettuce
  • 950ml water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Clean and slice leeks. Peel and dice potatoes and carrots. Rinse and sort split peas. Dice onions and rinse lettuce leaves.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring slowly to boil. Simmer gently and stir every now and then to prevent sticking. Cook for about 30 minutes till mushy. Mash, or liquidise with a hand blender. Soup should be thick.